Amazon ultra-fast drone deliveries coming to UK

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Amazon customers in the UK will soon have the option to get their packages delivered by a drone beginning in late 2024, delivering packages of up to 2.2kg in one hour or less. Amazon ultra-fast drone delivery will start despatching typical same-day delivery purchases ranging from household products, everyday essentials, beauty items, and office/tech supplies.

Prime Air is unveiling their new MK30 ultra-fast drone delivery design, which is quieter, smaller, and lighter, than previous models. They have also announced that drone deliveries will be integrating into Amazon’s delivery network, meaning drones will deploy from some Same-Day Delivery sites.

In the UK Amazon will start integrating into some of their fulfilment centres, which will provide Amazon customers with faster delivery of an even greater selection of items. Amazon will start with one yet unspecified site and expand over time.

Prime Air will also expand to a location in Italy and a third location in the US, where Amazon are working closely with national regulators and international regulators, and communities to develop this programme.

Amazon say that they have committed the necessary time and resources to build a safe and scalable service. We have refined the technology, and are now building the right infrastructure to ensure the service provides the ultimate convenience for our customers. They have also taken great care to ensure that their drones’ design philosophy, and demonstrated levels of safety, are setting a higher bar for safety across the commercial drone delivery industry, working closely with regulators to design to the highest standard set within those regulations.

Amazon’s announcement today is a fantastic example of Government and industry coming together to achieve our shared vision for commercial drones to be commonplace in the UK by 2030. Not only will this help boost the economy, offering consumers even more choice while helping keep the environment clean with zero emission technology, but it will also build our understanding how to best use the new technology safely and securely.

– UK Aviation Minister, Baroness Vere

Amazon’s newest drone, the MK30, is unlike any other drone. The new design can fly twice as far as previous Prime Air drone models, which will allow Amazon to deliver to customers who live farther out from their fulfilment networks. The MK30 is quieter and will be able to fly in more diverse weather conditions—meaning customers can get super speedy deliveries even in situations like light rain, and hotter and colder temperatures. Amazon drones also have a unique package delivery system, where packages are held inside drones during transit to protect their contents.

Drone delivery will no longer only take place out of stand-alone Prime Air Delivery Centres. Moving forward, Amazon will integrate drones into the Amazon delivery network, so customers will have traditional delivery vans, Flex delivery vehicles, and Prime Air drones all leaving from the same building.

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